Now, it will be wonderful if the Affordable Care Act plans work next year. It will certainly be bad that so many people will be without health care — those millions who are not able to afford health care now.
I imagine that once the plan starts working more people will sign up. It’s too bad that people were unwilling to take the chance that the plan would work.
Insurance costs will surely have to come down.
Once we get the health care problem resolved, we can hopefully do something about minimum wage. Some people have to work two and three jobs in an attempt to take care of their families.
We need to have a raise in the minimum wage. It is unfair for people to work and not be able to support themselves. Some employers are earning millions and refuse to pay their employees a decent wage.
We cannot afford to send any more jobs overseas. We need to keep our jobs in our own country. We apparently do not have enough jobs to keep our own people working. There are some people who have been out of work for several years. We need to have enough jobs to keep our workers working.
So many people have a problem paying for their education. Sometimes they have to give up going to school in order to pay down the costs of their education. Trying to earn a living and trying to pay off your education while you are unable to earn a decent wage is very hard to do.
It is unfortunate that some employers have to be forced to do the right thing by their employees. They have to be required to pay their employees a fair wage.
Nevertheless, we are going to have to increase salaries and do what it takes to make our economy work. Just as something had to be done about our health care, something will have to be done about our work force.
Time is of the essence.
Rose M. Nolen writes a weekly column for the Missourian. You can join the conversation by calling her at 882-5734 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.